My July commitment is nearly complete, but I don't want to let go of what I've gained.
One way I'm choosing to prolong the experience is by holding an early Sunday morning outdoor worship, especially geared for cyclists. And we're going to do this only during the four Sundays of August from 8 to 8:30 a.m.
I don't mean to offend and make this sound like a commercial for going to church, so please don't take it that way. I just thought that maybe Lincoln's avid cyclists, commuters like myself, recreational bikers and other outdoor lovers might get into something like this.
Even though arriving by bike is encouraged, walkers, runners and drivers are also welcome. However, I like the idea of pedaling right up to the lawn east of the church's building and worshiping between the green grass and the blue dome. We'll have chairs and blankets set out, but drivers are encouraged to bring extra from home.
Horizons' worship leader, Jamie Brown, will bring his guitar, and we'll have about 10 minutes of inspired song under the open sky. Then I'll give a shortened version of the message I'll be giving at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services indoors.
At 8:30, if anyone wants to go inside for coffee, bagels and doughnuts, the coffee should be done by then. If the weather's bad, we'll gather in the first classroom just inside the east door.
So, if you're thinking about giving it a try and need directions for bike or car, here goes.
Horizons Community Church is half a mile from the southern end of the Tierra-Williamsburg bike trail, which comes out half a block east of Cavette School. Go south from the school and then west on O'Hanlon. The campus is just west of 33rd Street at 3200 Grainger Parkway. (Maybe in the future we'll find a way to do something like this in a park along a well-used bike path.)
Take 27th Street south of Pine Lake Road, turn left (east) on Grainger. The church is on the corner of Grainger and Brummond. You'll see it.